Autobiographics: A Feminist Theory of Women's Self-representation

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Cornell University Press, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 255 pages
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This book offers a feminist critique of autobiography as a genre. Gilmore incorporates writings that have not up to now been considered part of the autobiographical tradition: from the confessions of medieval mystics to contemporary works oby Chicana and lesbian writers. The chapters include: Represent Yourself; Bastard Testimony: Illegitimacy and Incest in Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina; There Will Always Be a Father: Transference and the Auto/biographical Demand in Mikal Gilmore's Shot in the Heart; There Will Always Be a Mother: Jamaica Kincaid's Serial Autobiography; Without Names: An Anatomy of Absence in Jeanette Winterson's Written on the Body; Conclusion - the Knowing Subject and an Alternative Jurisprudence of Trauma.
 

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An excellent book, particularly the brilliant "Policing Truth" chapter. A must-read for autobiography theory.

Contents

Autobiographics
16
Technologies of Autobiography
65
Policing Truth
106
Genders Bodies Identities
131
Violence and SelfRepresentation
163
A Signature of Lesbian Autobiography
199
Conclusion
224
Bibliography
241
Index
251
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The author has been Dorothy Cruickshank Backstrand Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at Scripps College and professor of English at Ohio State University, Columbus.

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